February 25th 2020 - February 26th 2020 | Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

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Keynote speakers

Alistair Hann, Chief Technology Officer, NES Digital Service

As Chief Technology Officer, Alistair's two main responsibilities are growing and running the software engineering team; and setting the technical strategy of NES Digital Service (NDS) as it builds out the national digital platform.

Previously, Alistair was CTO of Skyscanner for six years as it grew from 50 to 800 people and moved to being hosted on the public cloud.

He has a doctorate in Biomedical Engineering and Machine Learning from the University of Oxford and love food, whether it is cooking at home or trying new dishes when travelling overseas.


Pennie Taylor, Health Journalist and Broadcaster

Pennie Taylor is a freelance journalist and broadcaster who specialises in health matters. A former BBC Scotland Health Correspondent, she has also worked for a number of newspapers including The Sunday Herald and Scotland on Sunday.

Pennie has a particular interest in public involvement in NHS development, and has led national and local consultations on a range of issues. Having worked as Head of Communications for the-then Lothian University Hospitals NHS Trust between 2000 and 2002, she knows how things operate inside the health service as well as on newsdesks. This gives her a uniquely informed perspective from which to approach, and stimulate, debate.  

Dr Margaret Whoriskey, MBE, Head of Technology Enabled Care and Digital Healthcare Innovation, Scottish Government

Margaret is Head of the  Technology Enabled Care and Digital Healthcare  Innovation Division within Scottish Government.  She is responsible for  the  national Technology Enabled Care Programme which is aiming to support at scale deployment in Scotland.  She also has a lead role in development of policy on Technology Enabled Care and has a sponsorship role for the Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare. She is active in  the European arena and European Innovation Partnership (EIP).

Up until November 2015 Margaret was Director of the Joint Improvement Team (JIT)  in Scotland having joined  when it was established in 2005. The Joint Improvement Team was  a unique partnership between the Scottish Government,  Local Government  (CoSLA), NHS Scotland, the Third, Independent Care and Housing sectors, tasked with accelerating  the pace of local change and  improvement in the quality of Scotland’s health and social care and support services.


Christopher Wroath, Director of Digital Transformation, NHS Education Scotland

A 30+ year public sector information specialist, having worked across the health, culture and communication sectors. While employed by the Cabinet Office Christopher worked with the newly formed Government Digital Service and their development and application of Cloud and Agile based services. He is currently working in the Scottish NHS transforming a disparate and complex information landscape into a single unified environment putting individual members of the NHS and social care workforce at the centre of wholly redesigned services. This involves defining and delivering the NHS Scotland vision as laid out in the Scottish Government Digital Health & Care Strategy (2018) by implementing dynamic change through innovative and agile approaches to technical, cultural and organisational challenges by leading the design delivery of new services, underpinned by new technology

David Alexander, CEO & Chief Platform Architect, Mydex

A highly successful strategist, business leader and developer, change agent, coach, lecturer, and published author who brings together the proven expertise of a technologist and business professionals to provide innovative solutions to address key challenges across the business lifecycle of the information services and software markets.


Jonathan Cameron, Deputy Director, Digital Health and Care

Jonathan is Head of Service for the Strategic Development team for the Public Health& Intelligence (PHI) strategic business unit in NHS National Services Scotland, and is currently leading on Data Science, CivTech and major programmes across the NHS in Scotland.

Prior to his current role, Jonathan held a number of IT Project Management posts in the Public and Private Sector and has a strong track record on complex IT and eHealth project and programme delivery.  His career in eHealth and IT includes the delivery of the Emergency Care Summary and Key Information Summary systems which were major achievements in improving patient care across Scotland.

Alyson Scurfield, Chief Executive, TSA

Alyson Scurfield is well known as an energetic and visionary leader of service transformation, service delivery and business development in the digital health and care sectors. She is currently the Chief Executive of the TEC Services Association (TSA) and its subsidiary TEC Quality. 

As a key influencer and thought leader, Alyson has held a number of key leadership positions, focusing on driving standards and quality improvement both via TSA involvement in policy development and in setting sector service quality benchmarks in the UK and across Europe with TEC Quality and UKAS. Alyson is also committed to shaping the future direction of our ageing society as a Trustee of the International Longevity Centre, the UK’s specialist think tank on the impact of longevity on society. 

Alyson is also leading the strategic development, implementation and risk management of the TSA’s defined 2025 vision to grow the TEC industry into new markets, and how TEC can play a critical role in improving wider population health whilst simultaneously focusing on improvement of individual wellbeing by placing people, their families and carers firmly at the centre of these technology enabled care solutions. 

Passionate about how the use of technology can transform care, Alyson is also driving the industry agenda for quality and continuous improvement with the TEC Quality standards framework to support the vision of a holistic population health that supports better outcomes for people. Alyson’s vision for TSA is to continue playing a key role in driving innovation to achieve integration of health, housing and social care, while actively campaigning for solutions to be consistent, irrespective of people’s health, ability to pay or location. 

She is delighted to be working in partnership with NHSX, Local Government Association, LGA and the Care Alliance on the newly formed Digital Social Care Strategic Advisory group to influence the overall vision and road map for digital social care

Professor George Crooks OBE, Chief Executive, DHI

Professor George Crooks is currently the Chief Executive of the Digital Health and Care Institute, Scotland’s national innovation centre for digital health and care. He leads an organisation that is tasked with delivering innovation in digital health and care that will help Scotland’s people to live longer, healthier lives and create new jobs for the economy. DHI provides opportunities for Scotland’s public sector, academia, charities and industry to co-design digital solutions to some of the country’s biggest health and care challenges working with patients, service users and their families.

He was previously the Medical Director for NHS 24 and Director of the Scottish Centre for Telehealth & Telecare. George was a General Medical Practitioner for 23 years in Aberdeen latterly combining that role as Director of Primary Care for Grampian. George is on the Board of the European Connected Health Alliance. He is currently a Board member and past president of the European Health Telematics Association. He is also an adjunct Professor of Telehealth at the University of Southern Denmark.

He was awarded an OBE in the Queen's New Year Honours List 2011 for services to healthcare.

Steph Wright, Director of Health & Wellbeing Engagement, The Data Lab

Steph joined The Data Lab in 2017 to take on the management of the Cancer Innovation Challenge, a £1M SFC funded project involving industry, academia and the NHS to improve cancer care and outcomes in Scotland through innovation with data. She now leads on a portfolio of health and wellbeing engagement for the Data Lab. She also leads on the Data Lab’s work in developing an AI strategy for Scotland. Steph has had a diverse career path before getting involved in data and healthcare. Having graduated with an undergraduate degree in Astrophysics, she went on to take an Arts Masters which then led into working in freelance TV and film production for a few years. Then eight years in arts management followed (working in theatre and dance) which also included founding a company and international dance film festival. She returned to the world of science in 2012 at the Genomics Forum and then the UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre and has now found herself in the world of data science. She has extensive project and programme management experience and relishes bringing diverse stakeholders together to work in collaboration.

Dr Donald Macaskill,Chief Executive, Scottish Care

Dr Donald Macaskill is Chief Executive of Scottish Care, the representative body of Scotland’s independent sector social care providers. The sector is the largest in Scotland comprising over 400 providers employing over 100,000 staff.

Dr Macaskill has worked for many years in the health and social care sectors across the United Kingdom, specialising in learning disability and older people’s work. A particular professional focus has been issues related to bereavement, palliative care and individual rights. For thirteen years he ran an equality and human rights consultancy in the United Kingdom and Europe.  In August 2018 he wrote ‘TechRights: human rights, technology and social care.’ after a summer of conversations with key digital and technology stakeholders, human rights and ethicists in numerous countries. His work  calls for a human-rights and ethical based approach to be developed around the co-design and implementation of AI, IoT and BigData especially within a social care context.

Dr Safia Qureshi, Director of Evidence, Healthcare Improvement Scotland

Safia is Director of Evidence and leads Healthcare Improvement Scotland’s work on the development of national evidence-based advice, guidance and standards and the assessment of new technologies and newly licensed medicines.

Before joining Healthcare Improvement Scotland, Safia held a number of senior roles in NHS Scotland including Programme Director at NSS and Director of Quality, Innovation and People at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital. At the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service she was responsible for delivering the Jack Copland Centre, the state of the art manufacturing facility and headquarters for SNBTS.

She holds an MSc in Healthcare Management and a PhD in Reproductive Biology.


Ed Clifton, Unit Head, Scottish Health Technologies Group (SHTG)

Ed Clifton is the Unit Head of the Scottish Health Technologies Group (SHTG). SHTG is a national health technology assessment (HTA) agency that provides evidence support and advice to NHSScotland on the use of new and existing health technologies (excluding medicines).  Ed’s focus for SHTG is to ensure that HTA is relevant, flexible and timely towards better quality health and care in Scotland.

Prior to his current role, Ed has gained over 10 years of experience working as an economist within NHSScotland. He completed his qualifications in Economics and Health Economics at the University of Sheffield, where Ed was awarded the University of Sheffield Gilbert Prize in Economics. 

Colin Sinclair, CEO, NHS NSS

Colin joined NSS in 2008 initially as Logistics Director and then as Director of National Procurement.  He has since been Director of NSS’ Procurement, Commissioning and Facilities Business Unit before being appointed Chief Executive on 1st August 2016. 

He has over 25 years’ experience in the logistics, supply chain and procurement sectors working for a range of large public ltd companies in the manufacturing and logistics fields. Prior to joining NSS Colin was Regional Operations Director for a major UK logistics business where responsibilities included business development and customer account management.  

Colin’s career has been in the service sector and he brings this experience to his current role with a focus on providing high quality customer service, understanding and working collaboratively with customers and stakeholders and delivering new services to meet changing needs.

Giulia Melchiorre, Digital Health and Care User Researcher,The Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland

As a User Researcher at the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland, Giulia is responsible for undertaking and supporting user research across the organisation. This is to ensure a user-centric approach to the development of digital products and services.

Giulia has a background in Neuroscience and completed her MSc by Research at the University of Edinburgh in 2016. She worked as a Research Assistant at the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic in Edinburgh, focusing on the development of a national database for Motor Neurone disease and supporting a number of clinical trials and research studies. Giulia has a special interest in neurodegenerative conditions, and with her two co-founders has started CogniHealth, a company that is developing digital technologies to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia.

Stephen Beattie, eHealth Programme Manager, Business Services Organisation, Northern Ireland

Stephen has worked in the ICT industry for over 25 years in a range of public and private sector organisations. He has a background in ICT training and prior to joining BSO was Head of ICT for 10 years at Northern Health and Social Care Trust. He is currently eHealth Programme Manager and his portfolio includes the Northern Ireland Electronic Care Record, which provides a single shared care record and care coordination capabilities for the entire c. 1.8m population of the country. Stephen holds Masters degrees in Computers in Education, Business Administration (MBA) and Health Informatics.

Moira Mackenzie, Deputy Chief Executive, Digital Health and Care Institute

Moira Mackenzie is deputy Chief Executive and Director for Innovation at the Digital Health and Care Institute, with over 28 years’ experience in leading successful, complex change and transformational service redesign within public sector health, housing and care environments. Moira led West Lothian’s ground-breaking Opening Doors for Older People Initiative, which inspired subsequent influential leadership roles including Scottish Government’s national Telecare Development Programme Manager and Head of Service for the high-achieving Scottish Centre for Telehealth & Telecare team leading the roll out of Home & Mobile Health Monitoring, computerised CBT, and virtual consultations across Scotland.

Joanna Macdonald, Chief Officer Argyll & Bute Health & Social Care Partnership

Joanna MacDonald joined Argyll & Bute Health & Social Care Partnership in the role of Chief Officer in October 2018.  She is Chair of the Adult Social Care Committee for Social Work Scotland. 

On leaving school Joanna secured a role with the TSB but her huge passion for reducing inequality and inequity, tackling poverty and social isolation prompted Joanna’s move to work in adult social care and to her training as a Social Worker.

Initially working in care homes, care at home and day services with Local Authorities, Joanna moved to NHS Highland to become involved in the planning for integration through the Lead Agency Model.  In 2014 Joanna was appointed to the role of Director of Adult Social Care for NHS Highland.

As a nana, mum of two, wife and sister to five brothers, family and values are really important.  Respect, love and courage are central to both her personal and work life.

Dr David Lowe, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, University of Glasgow

David leads a portfolio of projects centred on unscheduled care and specifically data, devices and decisions. His research focuses on decision-making within acute care and the interface between data, the clinician and the patient. He is the clinical lead for data-driven solutions for a range of conditions including trauma, COPD and chest pain to support and enhance clinical decision-making and operational efficiency. David is leading the development of delivery of the trauma app an innovative approach to clinical decision support for teams caring for patients with major trauma.

Sinead MacManus, Senior Programme Manager, Nesta

Sinead is a Senior Programme Manager for Digital Health in the Health Lab.

Prior to Nesta, Sinead was one of the founding team of Health Foundry, a digital health incubator funded by Guy's and St Thomas' Charity in Waterloo. Sinead grew the membership of health tech startups from zero to over 180 members innovating in digital health.

Prior to that, she started her own tech startup Fluency, which was an online platform training young unemployed people with digital skills and connecting them to jobs, as well as a social enterprise training single mums to be digital outsourcers. Before that Sinead worked in the creative industries for 12 years and also has five years as an Urban Planner in the UK and Ireland under her belt.

Lesley Holdsworth, Clinical Lead for Digital Health & Care

Since 2015, Lesley has been a Clinical Lead for Digital Health & Care at Scottish Government with a specific responsibility for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals. In 2013, She co-founded and has subsequently overseen the Scottish NMAHP Digital Health Network, including its associated National Digital Leadership Programme run by NES. She is passionate about developing a digitally enabled workforce and is a Fellow of the UK Faculty of Informatics. Lesley has held a number of national positions including, Programme Director and Head of Health Services Research & Effectiveness at Healthcare Improvement Scotland and AHP Director at NHS 24 Scotland’s Digital Care. Lesley is currently leading a number of national, UK and international digital initiatives: a national dataset for Scottish AHPs: international standards for digital practice for the WCPT. Her longstanding research interest has been in establishing the efficacy of patient self referral systems about which she has widely published and presented. Lesley was made a fellow of the CSP in 2002 in recognition of this and her wider work. She is also Chair of the Board of Bield, the largest Housing Association in Scotland. In 2018, Lesley was named Scottish Digital Impact Leader of the Year and UK Digital Team Leader of the year.

Mark Fleming, Clinical Lead Digital Health and Care, Scottish Government

Mark was born in Dumfries, however he has lived and worked in Ayrshire for the last 30 years. He completed his Registered Mental Health Nurse Training in Dumfries in 1989 and also has a BSc in Nursing and a Post Graduate Diploma in the Management of Health and Social Care. He has continued his learning in Health Informatics at Masters Level. Mark worked clinically as a Mental Health Nurse for many years in NHS Ayrshire and Arran, Scotland. In 2003 Mark was seconded to manage a programme of work developing Integrated Care Pathways and exploring the use of a Digital Health and Care systems to support both patients and their carers’ journey through mental health services. In 2007 Mark moved to Healthcare Improvement Scotland as National Integrated Care Pathway coordinator for Mental Health Services. Mark worked at Healthcare Improvement Scotland until 2014 when he moved to the Scottish Government as a Digital Health and Care Clinical Lead for Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals. 

Mark’s role in Ayrshire and Arran has evolved and he is currently Nurse Consultant for Mental Health and Digital Services across the local NHS and Health and Care Partnerships system.


Dr Rhonda Collins, Chief Nursing Officer, Vocera Communications

Dr. Rhonda Collins has been a nurse for more than 30 years. Throughout her career at the patient bedside and within the technology industry she has been on a mission to improve the lives of nurses, finding ways to empower them and amplify their voices, including co-founding the American Nurse Project.

Dr. Collins earned her doctor of nursing practice and bachelor’s degrees from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and a master’s degree in nursing administration from the University of Texas. She is a frequent speaker on the evolving role of nurses, the importance of communication, and how to use technology to improve care team collaboration. She is a tireless advocate for nurses, striving to design technologies and workflows that make their lives easier and better.

Drawing on decades of clinical experience, Dr. Collins helps ensure that nurses’ real-world experiences are at the core of healthcare communications technology development. Dr. Collins was named a Fellow by the American Academy of Nursing in 2019.

Professor Aileen Keel CBE, The Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh

Aileen Keel is seconded from Scottish Government to the Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics at the University of Edinburgh to lead the Innovative Healthcare Delivery Programme (IHDP).

Aileen joined the Scottish Office (as was) as a Senior Medical Officer in the Department of Health in 1992.

She was Deputy Chief Medical Officer in Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates from 1999 to 2014. Between April 2014 and May 2015 she was acting Chief Medical Officer.

She is Chair of the Scottish Cancer Task Force, Co-chair of COMQI (Clinical Outcomes and Measures for Quality Improvement), and has an Honorary Chair at the University of Edinburgh.

David Brown, Business Relationship Manager – Digital Telecare, Digital Office for Scottish Local Government

David joined the Digital Office for Scottish Local Government in July 2019 and has played a leading role in the transformation of Scotland’s Digital Telecare. Prior to this, David was a Senior Manager with the Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership, overseeing a portfolio of front-line services including Community Equipment, Telecare and Citywide Supported Housing, leading to a successful track record of implementing and leading change in Technology Enabled Care. David is committed to his own continuous professional development and is a qualified Agile Practioner and has a Post Graduate Diploma (PGDip) in Public Sector Leadership. Married with two boys, David also enjoys road cycling and family walks in the beautiful countryside around his home in Edinburgh. 

Prof. Anne Hendry, Director – Scotland, International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC)

A geriatrician, Anne held national clinical lead posts in Scotland 2008 – 2016 for Long term conditions, Reshaping Care for Older People and integrated care.  She  is deputy honorary secretary of the British Geriatrics Society, leads the UK participation in the European Joint Action on Frailty and participates in the European Innovation Partnership on active and healthy ageing.  As Senior Associate with the International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC), Anne established IFICs hub in Scotland in collaboration with the University of the West of Scotland and the ALLIANCE and promotes the adoption of people centred integrated care with colleagues across the globe. She coordinates the Integrated Care Matters webinar series, leads a number of IFIC special interest groups, contributes to UWS Masters in Leading People Centred Integrated Care, and participates in action research and evaluation projects in Scotland and beyond.

Morag Hearty, Lanarkshire TEC Programme Manager/National TEC Lead Home & Mobile Health Monitoring

Morag Hearty is currently seconded part time as Strategic Lead in the National TEC team supporting Home and Mobile Health Monitoring ( HMHM) from her other role as Programme Manager for Lanarkshire’s Technology Enabled Care Programme. 

Since qualifying as a nurse in Glasgow Royal Infirmary Morag has worked in various primary and secondary care posts (from ward sister to practice nurse) and was instrumental in setting up a number of joint and integrated discharge and community teams. 

She is currently leading the use of Home and Mobile Health Monitoring, Video consultations and other associated digital work streams across NHS Lanarkshire and the Health & Social Care Partnerships.

A mum to four, now adults, she has very recently welcomed her first grandchild and in her spare time enjoys gym classes and holidays with her long suffering husband!


Graeme Chalk, Programme Director, CliniSys

Graeme has over 30 years’ experience working in the IT industry providing IT solutions to the NHS and private sector.

Graeme’s 30 years with the business has seen him take a number of roles including Software Developer, Development Team Leader, Development Manager, Technical Product Manager and Head of Product Management with product management responsibilities for our Laboratory Information Management System solutions.

Graeme’s experience gained through his various roles within the business and the relationship he has with our customers and their working environments, has proven invaluable in his new role as at CliniSys as Programme Director.

Fanchea Kelly, Chief Exec, Blackwood

Fanchea Kelly joined Blackwood as Chief Executive in 2013 to establish Blackwood’s new strategic purpose, grow the business and modernise its offer to customers.  

Since then, Blackwood has developed ‘the Blackwood House’, a new standard for a highly accessible, beautiful, affordable and connected home, with a programme for 150 new homes in Glasgow, Dundee and Edinburgh and demand for another 500 homes.  Blackwood also developed a bespoke digital care system, CleverCogs™, which was recognised in the Scottish Parliament and by the Herald Digital Business Awards and evaluated by Carnegie UK Trust.

Prior to Blackwood, Fanchea had over 20 years’ experience in Housing and Care in senior roles across Scotland.  She was Director of Housing and Support in Glasgow Housing Association, with earlier posts in senior management with City of Edinburgh Council and in North Ayrshire.  She also was Head of Inspection with Communities Scotland. 

Fanchea believes the time is right for Scotland to invest more in housing integrated with technology and connected neighbourhoods, to ensure more people can live independently now as the population ages. 

Angiolina Foster CBE, Chief Executive, NHS 24

Angiolina was appointed as NHS 24's Chief Executive in December 2016, having been interim Chief Executive since March of that year. 

NHS 24 is Scotland's Digital Health and Care Service. She began her career in local government, where she gained extensive operational management experience in Scotland’s two largest local authorities – Glasgow and Edinburgh.   In her work with these unitary authorities, she gained a strong reputation for driving-up service quality and maximising value for citizens.  Over this period, she developed a keen personal interest in customer-led performance improvement.

From 2001 to 2014, Angiolina held a number of senior positions within the Scottish Government, leaving there to become Chief Executive of Healthcare Improvement Scotland. 

Angiolina is proud to work in public service and takes inspiration from the many dedicated people with whom she works.  She was made a Commander of the British Empire in 2011.